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Soccer Update April 22 - April 30th 2006
The day job has seriously disrupted our Soccer coverage recently and even the Internet conspired to prevent us organising things from remote places like Hannover last week. We apologise to regular readers, and particularly to our Match Reporter who kept sending in his articles only for us to ignore them. We're now back in UK and fully online again.
To catch up, here's all the missing reports on one page. (To catch the tension of the anti-relegation fight, read from the top down).
0 Hatherleigh 2 Vs 1 St Martins 2
An incident-packed second half at the Okehampton Road ground, where Town continued to stave off relegation with a determined effort to draw against mid-table St Martins.
Hatherleigh front runner Stuart Dymond went off with a bad leg injury just before half time which didn't helpTown's cause.
The first goal came in the way of a penalty, when Steve Cleave mis-timed a tackle resulting in a kick against the opponent to go 1:0 up. An excellent ball by Wonnacott to Moore - who laid it to James - made made it 1 : 1.
Back came Saints to hit Hatherleigh to make it 2:1. Hatherleigh pushed forward and were rewarded with a penalty after St Martins keeper lifted his boot dangerously into Town's forward. A penalty coolly taken by Woolacott made it Hatherleigh 2 Vs 2 St Martins. A fair result.
Team: Toop, Wonnacott,
Moore, Cleave, Woolacott, Gillespie, Bruce, Davies, Bedford, James, Dymond
0 Hatherleigh 1 Vs 1 Exeter Civil Service 2
In life there are many injustices. One which springs to mind is my brother-in-law's inflation-clad pension, paid for by the tax payer to a retired civil servant at 55. Another was, surprisingly, Saturday's game against the Civil Service.
A lovely afternoon met the teams, with a youngful Hatherleigh on display, Simon James and Gary Toop being the elder statemen. No real shots on target until the 44th minute when Toop had to save for a corner which resulted in a goal for the away team.
Half time 0 Hatherleigh Vs 1 Exeter civil Service.
Obviously John Hayman's half time team talk did the trick with Town a different team in the second half.
If Hatherleigh had scored four it would have been right, but a fine strike by Gillespie was the only goal. They again played some good approach football with the crossbar, post and linesman not helping the cause.
With the game practically over a rare Civil Service attack saw a 50/50 challenge, shoulder to shoulder, and to everyone's surprise (even the opposition) the referee pointed to the spot. Injustice? YES! Definitely ... but it was the Civil Service!
Full time: Hatherleigh 1 Vs 2 Exeter Civil Service.
Team: Toop, Wonnacott, Moore, Woollacott, Gillespie, Bruce, Davies, Bedford, James, Rice, Cooper
Subs: Hayman, Reynolds for James, Leahy for Cooper
Foot note: I am informed that Stuart Dymond will be off for around 3 months following his injury against St Martins.
Topsham Wednesday at The Okehampton Road ground at 6:30 (see below)
2 Hatherleigh 4 Vs 0 Topsham 1
A lovely green pitch, rolled and cut ready for fast flowing football, greeted the Town fans. Bottom-of-the-pile Topsham were the visitors, and it was a must-win game for the hosts.
It turned out that way when goals from Millington and Davies in the first half, and James and Rice in the second, gave Town the points.
For the independent onlooker a draw would have been a fair result. Topsham missed seven clear-cut chances and their finishing left a lot to be desired.
Again Toop excelled himself in goal and good play from Wollacott and Reynolds were the feature of this match. It's home to Buckland on Saturday, followed by St Martins away next Wednesday and, finally, University on 10th may.
Three points tonight - will it be enough for premier football next year? We'll wait and see.
Team: Toop, Wonnacott, Moore, Cleave, Davies, Wollacott, Reynolds, Gillespie, Rice, Millington, James Subs: Leahy Bedford
(A usually reliable source told us: MORE GROUNDHOPPERS AT HATHERLEIGH ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. GREAT WEBSITE ACCORDING TO THEM! Thank you Groundhoppers - if you can give some idea who came and what they thought we'll record the event for infinity and beyond!)
0 BUCKLAND V HATHERLEIGH 1 !!! (Three more points but no report - sorry. Only two matches to go. More as we get it.)
May 3rd 2006
St Martins 2 v Hatherleigh 1
May 10th 2006
Hardly April, but the final match of the season. Exeter university 4 v Hatherleigh town 0. A good entertaining game on a lovely summer's evening saw town have 12 shots on goal. But no rewards. Lets hope we can get a striker in the summer. WE DO NEED ONE!
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